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Through tears, she said, "I feel protective of Aaliyah right now, which is why I can't get my mouth to say ... he destroyed a lot of people". Smith hinted that Kelly may have had sex with the men, though he could not confirm his suspicions.

The first two parts of the Surviving R. Kelly docu-series aired on Thursday night on Lifetime (watch them here) which put focus on the controversial singer's abusive behavior spanning nearly two decades.

Surviving R. Kelly continues tonight, Friday, January 4 and Saturday, January 5 on Lifetime. "I couldn't believe all the stuff that was going down".

"I wouldn't hear from him for days, and he would come back and it was just sex and abuse", she recalled.

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A representative for the singer has offered "no comment" in response to the claims about Aaliyah.

The alleged abuse outlined in the first night of the documentary included an emotional interview with former backup singer Jovante Cunningham, who met R. Kelly at age 14 and claims she bore direct witness to a sexual encounter Kelly had with his one-time protégée Aaliyah Haughton.

Although Surviving R. Kelly seems to have sparked some new attention toward R. Kelly's alleged sex crimes, that attention has consistently been with us for close to two decades. "I'm thinking 'damn I don't wanna be the one guy I always am in documentaries fawning over someone I detest.' So make ZERO mistake on my positioning".

The revelations in Lifetime's shocking R. Kelly documentary are sending the Twitterverse into an uproar.

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That same year, 1994, it was widely reported Kelly and Aaliyah had secretly married, though they both denied it. "Robert was very private with Aaliyah". "We were out on the road with Aaliyah", Cunningham said in the first episode. "My daughter only wanted to realize her dream of sharing her talent with the world, and give her all performing on stage, and in front of the camera for the fans she adored so much". The marriage was purportedly annulled within the year as "her parents had the last say".

In July 2018, R Kelly released a 19-minute song called "I Admit", which responded to multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

But the relationship soon turned into a nightmare, she says.

Kelly previously claimed he'd been sexually abused by a relative from the age of seven, telling GQ magazine, "It teaches you to definitely be sexual earlier than you should have, than you're supposed to".

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